Buenos Aires, Argentina
Choosing to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina has been the best decision I’ve made in my college career. As an international relations major with a minor in latin american studies and communications, I felt the best way to get a deeper understanding of what I was learning was to venture to the places which I have read so much about. Being immersed in the language 24/7 has improved my Spanish and pushed me to learn more each day. I hope to use Spanish in my career and know that the best way to learn a language is to live in it.
Studying in Buenos Aires is a crazy mix of Latin and European culture. The architecture catches your eye and the city, while large, still maintains a slower, more relaxed vibe. You often hear porteños saying “tranqui,” as in, “calm down, don’t worry, enjoy.” Argentina, as a whole offers a plethora of places to visit and learn more about the diversity of the landscape. I took a road trip across Argentina with my friends, where we drove to Mendoza, the wine region of Argentina and enjoyed biking through the vineyards and wine tours. We then drove to Córdoba, the second largest city in Argentina, where we visited museums and beautiful cathedrals. Finally, we drove to Rosario, where Argentine friends of mine who had studied at New Paltz welcomed my friends and I into their home with a large Asado (BBQ). I’m always touched by the hospitality of Argentines, willing to go above and beyond for anyone they care about, as well as people they have yet to meet. All in all, I love it, and I think anyone with a desire to experience a new place would too.